Critical Moral Liberalism: Theory & Practice

Critical Moral Liberalism: Theory & Practice

by Jeffrey Reiman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0847683133

ISBN-13: 9780847683130

Pub. Date: 12/28/1996

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

In this important book, Jeffrey Reiman responds to recent assaults on liberal theory by proposing a "critical moral liberalism." It is liberal in maintaining the emphasis of classical liberalism on individual freedom, moral in adhering to a distinctive vision of the good life rather than professing neutrality, and critical in taking seriously the objection-raised

Overview

In this important book, Jeffrey Reiman responds to recent assaults on liberal theory by proposing a "critical moral liberalism." It is liberal in maintaining the emphasis of classical liberalism on individual freedom, moral in adhering to a distinctive vision of the good life rather than professing neutrality, and critical in taking seriously the objection-raised by feminists and Marxists, among others-that liberal theories often serve as ideological cover for oppression of one group by others. Critical moral liberalism has a conception of ideology, and resources for testing the suspicion that arrangements that look free are really oppressive. Reiman sets forth the basic arguments for the liberal moral obligation to maximize people's ability to govern their own lives, and for the conception of the good life that goes with this. He considers and answers objections to the liberal project, and defends liberal conceptions of privacy, moral virtue, economic justice, and Constitutional interpretation. Reiman then takes up specific policy issues, among them abortion, infanticide, euthanasia, moral education, capital punishment, and threats to privacy from modern information technology. Critical Moral Liberalism will be of interest to scholars and students of ethics, social and political philosophy, political theory, and public policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847683130
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/1996
Series:
Studies in Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy Series, #70
Pages:
248
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.24(h) x 0.86(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Preface Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Introduction: Critical Moral Liberalism, an Overview Part 4 Part I: Theory Chapter 5 Liberalism, Feminism, and Multiculturalism: The Ironic Destiny of Western Philosophy Chapter 6 Postmodern Argumentation and Post-postmodern Liberalism, with Comments on Levinas, Habermas, and Rawls Chapter 7 Drug Addiction, Liberal Virtue, and Moral Responsibility Chapter 8 The Labor Theory of the Difference Principle Chapter 9 The Constitution, Rights, and the Conditions of Legitimacy Part 10 Part II: Practice Chapter 11 Privacy, Intimacy, and Personhood Chapter 12 Driving to the Panopticon: A Philosophical Exploration of the Risks to Privacy Posed by the Information Technology of the Future Chapter 13 Abortion, Infanticide, and the Asymmetric Value of Human Life Chapter 14 On euthanasia and Health Care Chapter 15 Is Police Discretion Justified in a Free Society? Justice, Civilization, and the Death Penalty Chapter 16 Index

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